The months of February and March are quite busy with excitement in Japan's chess calendar. Qualifying tournaments are held by various regional chess clubs to select candidates for the strongest event of the year, held in May – the Japan Chess Championship, a FIDE rated event. Mayur Gondhalekar brings you all the news and updates from Japan in this two-part report. Part 1 covers events from Osaka, Chiba and Aichi (Nagoya). Check out this report containing few games and beautiful photos from the events along with annotations of his own and few other games by Mayur himself. Photo: Mr. Horie/Nagoya Chess Club
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GM Abhimanyu Puranik of Shahin Chess Club scored a fantastic victory with a brilliant display of attack against Golam Mostafa Bhuiyan of Janata Bank Officer Welfare Society in Round 8 of Mujib Borso SAIF Powertec Premier Division Chess League. SAIF Sporting Club somehow managed to score a victory as FM Mehdi Hasan Parag swindled his opponent in the final moments of the game. They are at the second position with 12.0/14. Uttara Central drew with Leonin Chess Club 2-2 and they are now at third place with 9.0/16. Round 9 is a rest day for Uttara Central Chess Club. Photo: Amruta Mokal
GM Praggnanandhaa won Yugam 2021 International Online Blitz Open with a score of 8.5/9. He started with eight consecutive victories and then drew the final round game to finish a half point ahead of the competition. Both untitled Pranav V and GM Diptayan Ghosh made 8.0/9, suffering only one loss and zero draws. They were placed second and third respectively according to their tie-break scores. Total 281 players including 16 GMs, 20 IMs, 2 WGMs and 6 WIMs registered for this event from 13 different countries across the world. Photo: Amruta Mokal
Bangladesh Police shows no sign of slowing down as they scored their second whitewash in Round 7 of Mujib Borso SAIF Powertec Premier Division Chess League. Bangladesh Navy suffered their third consecutive loss and fourth overall loss of the event. SAIF Sporting Club maintained their second position 10.0/12 as they beat Titas Club. Uttara Central regained their third position 8.0/14 with a victory over Sheikh Russel Chess Club. Round 8 is a rest day for Bangladesh Police. Photo: Bangladesh Chess Federation
GM Leon Luke Mendonca won his second tournament in consecutive months as he scored an unbeaten 6.5/9 to win 2nd Kumánia GM tournament. Last month Leon won Vezerkepzo IM Round-Robin. The 14-year-old had also won the first edition of Kumania Championship back in November 2020. Leon started the tournament with a draw then he registered four consecutive victories and four consecutive draws to finish with the same score as GM Milan Pacher. Leon won the tournament due to better tie-breaks. Photo: FA Zsolt Szabo
SAIF Sporting Club was once again held to 2-2 draw in Round 6 of Mujib Borso SAIF Powertec Premier Division Chess League. This time it was Uttara Central Chess Club who caused the upset. While Adhiban and Kovalev scored victories for SAIF Sporting, Mitrabha and Koustav scored important wins for Uttara Central to split the match point. Bangladesh Police continued their lead 12.0/12 at the top as they beat Shahin Chess Club 2.5-1.5. Titas Club moved up to the third position with a victory over Janata Bank Officer Welfare Society. They will face SAIF Sporting in Round 7. Photo: Bangladesh Chess Federation
Capablanca Chess School presents 5th Anniversary Celebration Online Blitz Open for players all across the world. They have organized 25 chess tournaments since they were founded in 2016. The tournament will take place on Saturday 3rd of April at 8 p.m. IST in ChessBase India webroom on Playchess. Entry is FREE for GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs. For everyone else Entry fee is ₹200 for Indians and €3 for foreigners. The tournament can be played via windows software and desktop or laptop browser only. 5 GMs, 16 IMs, a WGM and 2 WIMs have confirmed so far. Registration is CLOSED. Photo: Capablanca Chess School
Leonin Chess Club surprised SAIF Sporting Club to a 2-2 draw in Round 5 of Mujib Borso SAIF Powertec Premier Division Chess League. IM Aronyak held GM Adhiban to a draw and CM Shawket defeated GM Reefat. Subhayan missed a draw against GM Kovalev which would have then allowed Leonin Chess Club to score an upset victory. Meanwhile Bangladesh Police scored a victory by minimum margin over Bangladesh Biman as GM Gukesh beat GM Ganguly. Bangladesh Police is still in the lead with 10.0/10 followed by SAIF Sporting Club at 7.0/8 and Uttara Central Chess Club at 5.0/10. Photo: Bangladesh Chess Federation
India's 61st GM Iniyan P of Bharathiyar University started out as the highest rated Indian among 960 university students from 78 counries all across the world in 1st FIDE World University Online Individual Blitz Championship. He finished at the top of his group, Group A with 8.5/10. In the Finals, he started the Round-Robin event with a loss against GM Yinglun Xu but then he scored 5.5/6 in the remaining six games to finish tied first with the eventual Gold medal winner GM Haik Martirosyan of Armenian State Institute of Physical Culture. Iniyan was placed second according to the tie-breaks. Check out Iniyan's thoughts about his first medal at a World event and also two of his games annotated by himself.
There is no change at the top of the table as Bangladesh Police maintained their sole lead with 8.0/8 at the conclusion of Round 4 in Mujib Borso SAIF Powertec Premier Division Chess League. They beat Titas Club by 3.5-0.5. GM Raunak Sadhwani scored a fantastic victory over IM Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad. SAIF Chess Club picked up a 3-1 victory to regain their second place at the table with 6.0/6. Bangladesh Biman scored their first victory of the event as they beat Bangladesh Navy who slipped to the third position with 4.0/8. Photo: Bangladesh Chess Federation
Comedians on Board (COB) All Stars event has begun with 8 strong stand-up comedians facing off each other in a Round Robin format. The top two players will play the finals. The total prize fund of the event is Rs.10 lakh with the winner taking home Rs.3 lakh. Joel D'souza, the winner of Comedians on Board III is the favourite to win the event. Giving him a strong challenge are Samay Raina, Biswa Kalyan Rath and Vaibhav Sethia. On day one we had an amazing match between Samay Raina and Vaibhav Sethia. In the lead after day 1 are Samay and Joel. We bring you the detailed report of the first day along with game analysis by IM Sagar Shah.
Chess as a sport either exist as a co-curricular activity or as one of the sports offered in many school and college all across the country, part of a games class. Very few educational institute has chess as mandatory academic subject but even then it is mostly restricted to certain classes in the school. However Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences Bhubaneswar made a historic decision to implement chess as a part of curriculum for over 60000 students which is unprecedented. Photo: AICF
Bangladesh Police took sole lead 6.0/6 at the conclusion of Round 3 in Mujib Borso SAIF Powertec Premier Division Chess League. Uttara Central Chess Club went down by 1-3 against the sole leader. Bangladesh Navy jumped to the shared second position by beating Titas Club. They joined SAIF Sporting Club who had a rest day. GM Gukesh D scored an important victory for his Bangladesh Biman as he decimated his opponent CM Sohel Chowdhury with a brilliant display of attack. Bangladesh Biman was held to a 2-2 draw by Shahin Chess Club. Photo: Bangladesh Chess Federation
2021 seems to be Giri's year as he beat Nepomniachtchi in the finals to win Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Magnus Carlsen Invitational. Giri dominated Tata Steel Chess 2021 and the same can be said for the Magnus Invitational. After all, he was the first person to beat Carlsen in two consecutive editions of Magnus Invitational. Yes Nepomniachtchi beat Carlsen in the Semi-Finals but it was Giri who had the last laugh. With Candidates less than a month away, there is a good chance that Giri would continue his momentum there. Carlsen beat So again in the second set to secure third place. Photo: Champions Chess Tour
IM Aronyak Ghosh of Leonin Chess Club scored the sole half point for his team as he held GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly of Bangladesh Police to a draw in Round 2 of Mujib Borso SAIF Powertec Premier Division Chess League. SAIF Sporting Club scored 0-4 whitewash victory over Janata Bank Officer Welfare Society. Both Bangladesh Police and SAIF Sporting Club are in shared lead with 4.0/4 at the conclusion of Round 2. Among other upsets, WIM Rani Hamid of Sheikh Russel Chess Club held IM Sekhar Chandra Sahu of Sonali Bank Sports & Recreation Club to a draw. Photo: Shahid Ahmed